Youth group reveals intergenerational garden project

The area to the rear of Youth Impact's Burnbank Place base is currently empty.
The area to the rear of Youth Impact's Burnbank Place base is currently empty.

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A Campbeltown charity which offers support to young people aged 12 to 25 has revealed plans to build an extensive outdoor area which will help not only its young visitors but also those of older generations.

Youth Impact – which offers a base for young people to engage in positive, informal and educational activities, where they can receive advice and support on a number of topics – has received funding to transform an unused area at the back of its Burnbank Placet premises.

Project manager Lesley Renton said: ‘We have been consulting with young people through our private Facebook page during the lockdowns and have managed to come up with a plan for the garden project, which includes: grounds work with small paths; a sensory section; picnic benches and a rockery/water feature in the centre; benches along one side; a decked area with a barbecue area beside it; a storage shed; a small greenhouse; a standing planter, a wheelchair access planter and a children’s size planter for any young parents taking their children along with them; a fence to surround the area, leaving access points clear; and a memorial wall.

‘The garden will be a great addition to our intergenerational project with the local care home, as the residents will have a space at Youth Impact to come and visit.

‘We were successful with £3,000 funding from the Dunlossit and Islay Community Trust for most of the costs of the project, and we received £400 from the Kintyre Well Fund, which will fund the sensory section of the garden. We are incredibly grateful for these donations.’

Lesley added: ‘Our plan is to have the young people, who are very eager to get started, involved every step of the way and to hand-build most of the items in the garden.’

While there are no shortage of volunteers willing to help out with the project, the Youth Impact team is keen to hear from any tradespeople who would like to volunteer their their skills and expertise, or share their contacts in the building trade, as the aim is to keep costs as low as possible.

Email youthimpact.campbeltown@gmail.com or visit the Youth Impact Facebook page @youthimpact2018 to get in touch with the team.

Plans for the space include a sensory section, a barbecue area beside, a greenhouse and a memorial wall.
Plans for the space include a sensory section, a barbecue area beside, a greenhouse and a memorial wall.